All you need to know about the Awards in Predefined Areas (APA) 2020.
30 companies offered ownership interests
19 January 2021, 30 companies have received offers of ownership interests in a total of 61 production licences on the Norwegian Shelf in the Awards in Predefined Areas (APA) 2020.
Press release from the The Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy: High Interest in Continued Exploration Activity on the Norwegian Continental Shelf
Interest in exploration
There was continued significant interest in exploration in mature areas in APA 2020. Read more:
- Continued significant interest in exploration in mature areas in APA 2020
- Press release from the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy on the interest for APA 2020
Awards in predefined areas 2020 (TFO 2020) - Announcement
The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy announced APA 2020 on 19 June 2020, encompassing the predefined areas with blocks in the North Sea, Norwegian Sea and Barents Sea.
- Ministry of Petroleum and Energy press release
- Invitation to apply for production licences for petroleum
The deadline to apply for APA 2020 is Tuesday, 22 September 2020 at 12:00. Applicants are encouraged to submit in good time before the deadline. Awards are expected during the first quarter of 2021.
Since APA 2019, the predefined areas (APA acreage) have been expanded by 36 blocks in the Norwegian Sea. Applications can be submitted for all available blocks or parts of blocks within the predefined areas. Blocks or parts of blocks that become available less than 3 months prior to the application deadline, cannot be applied for.
That means that all acreage approved for relinquishment in the period up to three months prior to the application deadline is considered to be announced as of the application deadline. Relinquished area is included on a continuous basis in the predefined area on the NPD’s interactive Factmap, and maps covering the final area that can be applied for will be provided as soon as practically possible. See links below.
Extended map updates
The NPD's interactive maps are closed for new updates from Monday 6 July 2020, this including as many relinquished licences as possible in the acreage available for APA 2020.
Map of area available for application in predefined areas as at the announcement date
- Map in pdf: Predefined areas at announcement date
- NPD’s interactive Factmap: Updated map of announced areas
- Block coordinates for announced areas
How to apply in APA 2020
Each company that applies for production licences in APA 2020 must submit the following to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate and the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy:
- Application letter, company information and receipt for paid application fee
The submission to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) is via L2S Authority Communication.
The submission to the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (MPE) shall be sent in any electronic format. L2S Authority Communication is one possible solution for submission this year.
1. Application letter, company information and receipt for paid application fee
The formal application letter with an overview of all applications the company is participating in, both individually and as a participant in group application(s), shall be submitted together with the company information. See Guide to application letter and company information APA 2020 for more information.
An application fee of NOK 123,000 must be paid for each application to APA 2020, including applications for additional acreage. When several companies join in a group application to apply for a production licence, this counts as one application. One of the members of the group pays the fee.
Payment shall be made to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, account no.: 7694.05.00326, marked "APA2020 (block number)". A copy of the receipt must be enclosed with the application letter from the company.
Each application for a production licence in APA 2020 must be submitted in electronic format. See Guide to Application for Production Licence APA 2020.
- Guide to application for production licence APA 2020
- Guide to application letter and company information APA 2020
Forms that must be completed:
Shape files that must be included:
Other application information:
Contact the NPD